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The Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF) received certification as a HUD Housing Counseling Agency to provide individuals and families access to HUD-approved housing counseling, helping them avoid foreclosure and make more informed homebuying and rental choices.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures and credit issues.

“Congratulations to the WINLF team on this achievement,” said Jeffery Johnson, WINLF Board Chairman. “Our organization continues to obtain professional certifications that expand our ability to serve Wisconsin’s Native Americans and Non-Natives who seek financial guidance.”

WINLF is a Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) under the U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund program, delivering loans, grants and technical assistance to raise the economic prosperity of Native American individuals, families and businesses in Wisconsin.

WINLF achieved formal HUD certification as a housing counseling agency for its work in

homeownership with pre-purchase and post-purchase training, foreclosure prevention, and

assisting families to qualify for mortgages and refinances. In addition, WINLF has been accepted into a national Native Housing Counseling Intermediary with a direct funding relationship with HUD, operated by the national intermediary the Oweesta Corporation.

“WINLF prioritized this for individuals and families to be served by a HUD counseling agency that is an expert in the tenets of Wisconsin homeownership,” Mr. Johnson continued. “Helping families stay in their homes by avoiding foreclosure, as well as qualifying for mortgages to buy or build, are key priorities for our organization.”

Wisconsin Native Loan Fund • 705 Peace Pipe Road, PO Box 580 • Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

715-588-1600 • WWW.WINLF.ORG


The Wisconsin Native Loan Fund, Inc., is a certified Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

WINLF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to better the communities we serve by

providing affordable lending and financial education to Native Americans.

Through the use of generous donations, WINLF manages a revolving loan fund that supports the renovations of distressed homes, down-payment assistance and debt consolidation loans.

The WINLF website ( provides a list of resources offering helpful financial information.


Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities.

Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.

Learn more about Oweesta by visiting their website at

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